Word forms: near misses
1. countable noun You can say that there is a near miss when something is nearly hit by another thing, for example by a vehicle or a bomb. [+ between] ⇒ Details have been given of a near miss between two airliners over southern England earlier this week. ⇒ We've had a few near misses in the raids, as I expect you've noticed. 2. countable noun
A near miss is an attempt to do something which fails by a very small amount. [+ in] ⇒ ...Milan's successful defence of the European Cup and near-miss in the Italian championship last season.
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